Ottawa Folk Festival: Bring It On!

Ben Harper is in the lineup for this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival
The five-day, family-friendly celebration starts September 6 at Hog’s Back Park

Stellar lineup? Check.
Big-name performers? Yup.
Fun offerings for kiddies, teens, mom and pop and their elders? Yes, indeed.
There’s everything to love about the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival, slated for September 6 to 10 at Hog’s Back Park. The five-day celebration of music, dance, visual arts and community showcases a dynamite mix of artists on different stages, plus a whole lot more. The lineup of performers features Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Corb Lund, Great Big Sea, Kathleen Edwards, Lindsey Buckingham, Matthew Good and Patrick Watson. Highlights include daytime workshops, organized jam sessions, a community dance tent, an enviro tent and a musical petting zoo for youngsters. Children’s and family performances, beer gardens, artisan and craft vendors are also part of the festivities. 

Gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays, noon on weekends and the festival ends before 11 p.m. nightly. Launched in 1994 to put a spotlight on folk traditions, the festival has grown increasingly popular over the years. A family-oriented, community-focused  celebration, it’s popular with all ages. For details and tickets, check www.ottawafolk.org.

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